This past Monday, the Obama administration pledged to commit $450 million over the next three years to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). That’s exactly the amount GAVI had asked for, notes grassroots advocacy organization ONE says. The funding will provide vaccines for more than 250 million children, preventing 4 million premature childhood deaths and untold amount of suffering from diseases likes pneumonia and diarrhea.
As the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said in a GAVI press release:
“Today is an important moment in our collective commitment to protecting children in developing countries from disease. But every 20 seconds, a child still dies of a vaccine-preventable disease. There’s more work to be done.
You, Care2 members, helped to save the lives of those 4 million children. More than 50,000 Care2 members from across the country signed ONE’s petition to the White House. A couple of weeks ago, a call went out for you to tweet @WhiteHouse to pledge to save 4 million kids with vaccines — Care2 members went to their keyboards and that commitment made a different, as USAID Administrator Raj Shah and the White House says. Here’s a message from Administrator Shah himself:
The work is not done, as Congress still has to approve the pledge. Please stay tuned and be ready to spread the word that, as ONE says, “vaccines are the best buy in public health.”
A huge thank you to Care2.com members who signed the petition to stop preventable diseases from killing children!
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